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Broncos snap counts against Seahawks

Here is how the snap counts were spread around on offense and defense for the Denver Broncos in their 27-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Week 1.

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In this post, I am reprising the snap count analysis that I did quarterly last season. It will be a weekly review with an updated graphic to show change over time on a game-by-game basis for the different position groups. Since this is just the first game. I’ll give you the total snaps and snap percentage in tabular form only. I will give the weekly table each week with the updated snap percentage graphic for position group.

Offensive Snap Data

Player Pos Num Pct
Connor McGovern G 74 100%
Matt Paradis C 74 100%
Jared Veldheer T 74 100%
Garett Bolles T 74 100%
Ronald Leary G 74 100%
Case Keenum QB 74 100%
Emmanuel Sanders WR 64 86%
Jeff Heuerman TE 60 81%
Demaryius Thomas WR 53 72%
Courtland Sutton WR 44 59%
Jake Butt TE 36 49%
Royce Freeman RB 29 39%
Phillip Lindsay RB 26 35%
Devontae Booker RB 19 26%
DaeSean Hamilton WR 14 19%
Andy Janovich FB 13 18%
Tim Patrick WR 9 12%
Billy Turner G 2 3%
Matt LaCosse TE 1 1%

Analysis: I didn’t realize Devontae Booker got 19 snaps. His impact was minimal on those 19 offensive snaps. He had four touches and accounted for 15 yards with those four touches. He did play nine special teams snaps, so I guess the coaches see some value in using him on special teams. I am hoping that Phillip Lindsay gets used less on special teams moving forward with the signing of Shamarko Thomas who should take over the punt team gunner duties from Lindsay. Jeff Heuerman played 84% of the offensive snaps while Jake Butt got in on 49%. Matt LaCosse had one measely offensive snap as the #3 TE. We essentially used Billy Turner as the third TE giving him two offensive snaps in our “heavy” package with six offensive lineman. Courtland Sutton got 44 offensive snaps (59%) showing that the offensive coaches already feel that he solidly the #3 WR. DeSean Hamilton only got 14 offensive snaps (19%).

Defensive Snap Data

Justin Simmons SS 57 100%
Chris Harris CB 57 100%
Darian Stewart FS 57 100%
Bradley Roby CB 54 95%
Bradley Chubb DE 54 95%
Von Miller LB 50 88%
Brandon Marshall LB 50 88%
Derek Wolfe DE 47 82%
Adam Jones CB 38 67%
Todd Davis LB 37 65%
Domata Peko NT 25 44%
Will Parks FS 23 40%
Adam Gotsis DE 21 37%
Shane Ray LB 18 32%
Shelby Harris DE 15 26%
Zach Kerr DE 11 19%
Josey Jewell LB 7 12%
Shaquil Barrett LB 4 7%
Tramaine Brock CB 2 4%

Analysis: Three defensive players did not get a single defensive snap, but played many special teams snaps: Dymonte Thomas, Joseph Jones and Keishawn Bierria. Josey Jewell played almost every special teams play while also playing seven defensive snaps. Shaquil Barrett only played four defensive snaps while Shane Ray played 18. Bradley Chubb hardly came off the field on defense with 95% of the defensive snaps. Darian Stewart, Chris Harris Jr. and Justin Simmons played every single defensive snap. Tramaine Brock as the #4 CB, got two defensive snaps.

Last season I also kept a running total of the who was game-day inactive for each game and then I gave an accounting of that after each quarter of the season. I can keep track of that if there is interest (sound off in the comments).


What surprised you the most from this snap data?

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  • 61%
    Shaq only getting 4 defensive snaps
    (434 votes)
  • 6%
    Booker getting 19 offensive snaps with both Lindsay and Freeman getting more
    (43 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt LaCosse getting one offensive snap
    (5 votes)
  • 18%
    Bradley Chubb getting 95% of the defensive snaps in his first game
    (130 votes)
  • 4%
    Janovich only gettting 18% of the offensive snaps
    (32 votes)
  • 4%
    Tramaine Brock only getting 2 defensive snaps
    (34 votes)
  • 3%
    something else
    (23 votes)
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